Micho: It was more like training than a match
Posted: 26 April 2018 Time: 15:00
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has explained what it feels like to play a competitive match behind closed doors.
The Buccaneers were forced to dish out their 4-0 rout of Bidvest Wits behind closed doors at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening, by order of the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee.
This came after their supporters resorted to violence and vandalism during their 6-0 humiliating defeat at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium last season.
While the empty seats made little difference in the way of Pirates’ performance, Sredojevic conceded that the silence and absence of their ‘12th player’ gave off a rather weird feeling, but assured that the team felt their presence in spirit.
“We need to be sincere about the mood and mode in which we came here to our stadium. Not hearing our supporters being player number 12 is not easy,” said Sredojevic.
“It gives off more of a training feel than a match feel, so I would say that we missed their physical presence. But we are fully aware that in prayers and in spirit our supporters have been with us.
“We wanted, due to their absence, to give our all. And credit must go to the players, they really gave everything on the field of play so that we paid them, while watching on TV, with the performance and result.”